Florence Economic Development Website FAQs

How do I start a business in Florence?

If you want to start a business in Florence, we can connect you with the right people to help with property searches and questions about business licensing and permits.

To start a successful business requires preparation. We can connect you to great resources to start your planning. Start with research, then a business plan, and finally select a name and structure. Check out the Start a Business section to learn more.

How do I find a business location in Florence?

Finding suitable workspace is key for small businesses starting out for the first time, seeking to expand, or looking for new accommodations. There are a variety of buildings available throughout the City of Florence, many of which can be found in the City’s Available properties inventory.

For additional information contact Connie Stopher -Executive Director, South Coast Development Council, Inc- at 541-266-9753, or connie@scdcinc.org OR Kelli Weese -Florence City Recorder/ Economic Development Coordinator- at (541) 997-3437, or kelli.weese@ci.florence.or.us

How do I register my business with the State of Oregon?

Visit Oregon Business Xpress to quickly and easily register your business with the State of Oregon. 

Do I need a business license to operate in Florence?

Yes, the City of Florence requires a business license. You may apply for a city business license at Florence City Hall, 250 Hwy 101 during regular business hours (Monday – Friday 8-12 & 1-5). You may also obtain a business license application on the City of Florence website and mail or fax your completed form and licensing fee information.

For more information click here or contact Florence City Recorder/ Economic Development Coordinator Kelli Weese at (541) 997-3437, or via email.

How do I finance a company?

There are many programs that can help finance a company. Visit the Business Resource List to learn more.

Can I place a sign on the outside of my business?

Guidelines for signage can be found in the City of Florence Sign Code. Specific questions should be directed to the Building Department at 541-997-2141, located in Florence City Hall (250 Highway 101).

How do I find out my property's zoning?

The City of Florence planning department prides itself in its customer service, guiding applicants through the process. The easiest way to find out your property's zoning is to either call the Planning Department at 541-997-8237 or stop by Florence City Hall at 250 Highway 101 for a quick look at Florence zoning map and code. For online research please follow the following links City Zoning Map and City Development Codes.

Do I need a permit to operate a business in my home?

Yes, businesses operated, or based, from home are required to obtain a Home Occupation Permit from the City of Florence. An application form for this permit can be downloaded by clicking here.

What is economic development?

Economic Development is a term that means many different things to many different people. If you ask twenty people what a successful community is you will likely receive twenty different answers. A simple definition is that economic development is the sustained and collective work of organizations, citizens, and policy makers to promote an environment with a positive standard of living. For Florence, economic development means establishing efforts that seek to create and/or retain jobs.

The City of Florence’s strategy for economic development is a three legged stool:

  1. Business Retention & Expansion
  2. Business Marketing & Recruitment
  3. Entrepreneurs & Innovation

All three of these strategies are being addressed to achieve the goals of stable development and prosperity.

Who are the main points of contact for economic development questions?

The main points of contact for economic development in Florence area:

Kelli Weese

Florence City Recorder/ Economic Development Coordinator

(541) 997-3437, or kelli.weese@ci.florence.or.us

Connie Stopher

Executive Director, South Coast Development Council, Inc

541-266-9753, or connie@scdcinc.org

Economic Development Committee Volunteer Team

Mike Rose
Joe Crenshaw
Sharon Hobart
Robbie Wright
Meg Spencer
David Wiegan
Steve Earnshaw
Chris Chandler
Bettina Hannigan
Mayor Joe Henry
City Manager Erin Reynolds

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